On March 10, Major League Baseball and their player’s association signed a new collective bargaining agreement. The season starts on April 7 and runs through October 2. MLB hasn’t said whether they will make up games or not. Even if they can’t, the season was supposed to start on March 31. So the league and players didn’t miss too much action. In any case, we had better put on our baseball handicapping hats. Check out a list of the top rivalries heading into the 2022 Season so you can plan your bets against the MLB Odds.
Biggest Rivalry Series For the 2022 Regular Season | MLB Betting
2022 MLB Regular Season
- When: Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, Oct. 2
Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays in the AL East
Once again, the AL East should be the deepest division in baseball. It’s so deep that the Toronto Blue Jays, who didn’t make the playoffs last season, is the chalk to win the division.
The Tampa Bay Rays won the AL East. The Rays get Tyler Glasnow back from an injury. If Glasnow returns to his best form, watch out, Tampa can take the division.
Outside of Baltimore, every team in the AL East can make the playoffs. So watch AL East division games unless the Orioles are involved because every contest between the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, or Jays is a rivalry matchup.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
Last season, the Dodgers had a 106-56 record and lost the division by a single game. The Giants finished last season with a 107-55 record.
Every season, Giants versus Dodgers is a huge rivalry. This season, it’s more of a rivalry because the Dodgers and Giants should send two of the top teams in MLB to the diamond.
The team that wins the NL West will have the inside track to home field throughout the playoffs. The loser will either play in the wildcard or miss out on the postseason.
Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals ended the 2021 regular season winning 21-of-25. During the incredible stretch, St. Louis beat Milwaukee in 6-of-7.
But the Brewers had built such a huge lead that the Brew Crew took the NL Central and the Cardinals had to play in the wildcard game. St. Louis wants to turn the tables on their rivals this season.
Because both the Reds and the Cubs are in rebuild mode, the Cardinals and Brewers should battle it out all season long for the right to represent the NL Central in the postseason.
Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies
The defending World Series Champions Atlanta Braves have a big shot to be the first team to repeat since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998 through 2000. The ATL has the bats and the starting rotation to again win it all.
But the Philadelphia Phillies could throw a wrench into the Braves’ plans to take the NL East. If Didi Gregorious can return to hitting close to .300, the Phillies will score runs as they please because Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto are already dominating at the plate.
Expect Philly to make a move to the division title. The ATL will find it difficult to beat the Phillies, making this a rivalry worth watching.